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One dead, one missing after flood sweeps away bridge in Germany

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By Euronews  with AP, DPA
Mountain guards and an emergency personnel wait for a helicopter in Grainau.
Mountain guards and an emergency personnel wait for a helicopter in Grainau.   -   Copyright  Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP

Emergency services have recovered the body of a woman who was killed after a sudden flood swept away a bridge in southern Germany.

Witnesses said that a number of people were carried away by floods when the wooden bridge they were standing on suddenly collapsed after heavy rain on Monday.

German police said that a major rescue operation with about 150 police officers, firefighters, and mountaineers was underway on Monday.

At least eight people had been pulled out of the water in Bavaria’s Höllentalklamm ("Valley of Hell") near the Austrian border.

But police are still searching in the gorge near Grainau on Tuesday for a second person who was reported missing.

The incident came just weeks after 200 people died in deadly floods in western Germany in July.

The Höllentalklamm -- located near Germany’s tallest mountain, Zugspitze -- is a popular destination for hikers from across the country and abroad.

Severe weather conditions also led to a state of emergency in northern Germany, where a tornado hit the village of Grossheide near the North Sea coast, late Monday and destroyed more than 50 homes.

Police said nobody was injured, but several homes were so badly destroyed that they were no longer inhabitable.

In neighbouring Austria, at least four people were injured by floods and mud, and dozens of people were rescued from cars, Austrian news agency APA reported.